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  • A True Story of The Private Ginza Police

    A True Story of The Private Ginza Police

    ★★★★★

    "Am I in a position to lie???"

    Pure nihilism.

    When asked why he has made one of the most bleak, violent film of his era, Jun'ya Sato candidly answered that he wanted to show how post-war Japan was ruled by Chaos. And by watching "Jitsuroku: Shisetsu Ginza keisatsu" you really witness that: Chaos on the streets, in the houses, in the clubs, in the markets: the desperation and the blind violence Sato's characters endured during the war never ended and…

  • Macon County Line

    Macon County Line

    ★★★★

    I expected another 70's chase film and instead I've got a brilliant buddy movie turned into thriller. Much praise to who assembled the soundtrack. And that beginning !!!

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  • Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    ★★★★½

    One of Norifumi Suzuki best films, "Terrifying Girls’ High School: Lynch Law Classroom" is full of anarchoid energy and very well directed. You can sense a disdain for authority that recurs in many of his films, but this time he really doesn't save "anyone". There isn't a single scene that might be considered a "filler"- all of them are conceived to grab your attention like only the best (exploitation) movies can do. The musical score is also very well done and placed. I personally prefer the Sukeban films, but I can't deny this is Pinky Violence at its peak.

  • Outrage Coda

    Outrage Coda

    ★★★★

    With this great ending of the outrage trilogy, Kitano shows once again his special way of making yakuza movies: the intricate plottings really are descendent of the best battles without honor and humanity films but the detached look at killing is all his own. The ending didn't seem fitting though and this prevented the film to have one more half-star. Like Nathan Stuart I too noticed the homage to Hokuriku Proxy War. Hope Takeshi won't stop churning yakuza films and who knows, being older, he may return in a powerful Oyabun role in the future...